Meningitis: Death toll hits 269; 1,828 suspected cases

An outbreak of meningitis in Nigeria has killed 269 people in recent weeks, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control said, as Africa’s most populous country and aid organisations attempt to tackle the surge in infections. As of Monday, 1,828 suspected cases of meningitis were reported with 269 deaths in 15 of the country’s 36 states, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said on Twitter late on Tuesday. The centre said on its website that 33 people died of meningitis in 2016. More than 2,000 people died from an outbreak…

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Breast milk has no long-term cognitive effects – Study

It has long been thought that breastfeeding improves a baby’s mental capacity; a newly released study has found it has no long-term cognitive benefits. According to the findings of the study published in the journal ‘Pediatrics,’ after following breastfed childrens from the time they were nine months old to age five, researchers found that children who were breastfed for at least six months had reduced hyperactivity and showed better problem-solving skills when they were three years old. When the children were evaluated again at age five the differences were insignificant….

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Healthy lifestyles cause of rising cost of dietary foods – expert, traders

Some traders have attributed the rising cost of dietary foods to the rising awareness among Nigerians about healthy lifestyles. Dietary foods include cucumber, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, egg plant, pumpkin, palm oil, coconut oil and eggs. Checks on prices of these items by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in markets in Lagos showed that they have risen by over 100 per cent in the last one year. At the Mile 12 Market, a bag of cabbage now costs N18, 000 against N8000 a year ago, while a bag of cucumber…

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